It was a win that just about secures a top two finish for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, as they defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs in an exciting and close-knit affair at ANZ Stadium, winning 28-20.
The loss puts a big dent in any hopes the Bulldogs had of making the top four, as the game went back and forth with neither side able to gain long periods of ascendancy.
In the end, the difference was goal-kicking, after both sides managed to score four tries each.
There was some bad news for Souths, however, with fullback Greg Inglis copping another knock to the knee which saw him limping in the second half.
To make matters worse for the Dogs and to compound their loss, both Frank Pritchard and Josh Reynolds were placed on report for a shoulder charge, with forward Tim Browne also likely to come under scrutiny for a leg pull during the game.
Whilst admitting that the health of Inglis does remain a concern for him, Souths coach Michael Maguire had no intention of commenting about the apparent leg pull by Browne, in light of a one-week ban for his player, Jeff Lima last week.
“I’m Online Casino not going to make a comment about those,” he said of the incident.
“I need to give him (Inglis) a bit of a rap … Greggy’s battled with that knee all week.
“We’ve got to really be aware of how we’re training him.
“He hasn’t trained a lot this week so to get out and do the things he did tonight is a real credit to all the players.
“They want to be out there.”
With Inglis eager to play every game, Maguire says the club will assess his knee and then if the possibility arises to give him a rest, then they will take that option.
“We’ll assess it after tonight and go through the week and if there’s that chance we’ll have a look at it.
“I know Greg wants to play.”
It was the first-half ball control and other things that cost the Bulldogs, as coach Des Hasler lamented his side’s inconsistent first-half.
“There’s no doubt about the effort there but I think we’ve probably got about five bullets in our foot at the moment,” Hasler said.
“We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”
3. Greg Inglis
2. James Graham
1. Bryson Goodwin